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Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1: Up, up and away

Year 2 students at St Andrews International School Bangkok recently visited the Royal Thai Air Force Museum... With the recent downturn in air quality, we take a look at how we monitor and adjust children’s activities accordingly...The recent changes to parking, drop-off and traffic flow are covered in the hopes that everyone’s morning and afternoons proceed smoothly.

 

Y2's first class trip to the Royal Thai Air-Force Museum

The last two weeks have seen our Year 2 classes taking their first trip of the Academic Year - a journey to the Royal Thai Air-Force Museum. Each year this destination gets better and better, and the children come back buzzing with excitement and bursting to share their stories of the day.

Miss Emma from 2J tells us more about the whole experience...

Last week an excited group of Year 2 students, parents and teachers boarded the buses in preparation for ‘take off’ to the Royal Thai Air-Force Museum as part of their Transport topic. 

Upon arrival the children were wowed with drones flying above their heads and a short movie about the Museum. Afterwards the children were given a tour around the aircraft hanger and had the opportunity to climb aboard some of the helicopters and sit in the pilot's chair. The children even got to climb inside a plane used to transport tanks - a fantastic opportunity to really bring our topic to life. 

After that, the children took a walk through the ‘history of flight’ looking at air-crafts from all different time periods. Next, our guide told us all about how The Royal Thai Air-Force fighter jets had played a part in Thai history. We were shown a short video of fighter jets swooping through the skies. The children were very impressed with the fighter jets aerial acrobatics! 

The children (and teachers!) very much enjoyed seeing all the different airplanes, helicopters and other aviation equipment displayed at the museum. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at the museum for a wonderful trip and all of the parents who helped - it really was ‘first class’!

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Air Quality

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We have an air quality policy in place (click here for the full version) which we use to help make decisions on children’s outdoor activities based on the readings collected from detection devices around campus. For example, today we chose to limit the children’s time outside at playtimes. Likewise, all outdoor ECAs activities incorporated regular breaks and conducted in manner that was less intense than usual. Parents can view the air quality form the publicly broadcast air monitoring device on the primary campus, which you can find by clicking here.

*Please note that this only broadcasts hourly, so it is not displaying live data.

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In addition to closely monitoring the air quality, we have taken more proactive steps and have just purchased 100 new air purifiers for Primary classrooms so that even if the air outside isn’t great, the learning environment indoors should be much healthier.

According to forecasts from the Thai Meteorological Department, air quality should improve during the week. As always, we will continue to regularly monitor the situation and will adjust plans as necessary to provide the healthiest environment for all students.

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New Traffic Flow System and Parking Arrangements

We have listened carefully to repeated concerns raised by parents about the issues around traffic flow and the parking situation in the main car park. We have been closely monitoring the situation to try to find solutions which benefit everyone. We have focused on three main areas to improve the situation: Drop off zones, traffic flow and parking. We hope that everyone can work together as a community to follow the new systems and help improve the situation in the car park. 

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Drop off zones

To help ease the pressure on the car park, we will be introducing three new secure student drop off zones, as well as expanding and making better use of the current drop off zone (see map below). We have two drop off zones ready to use straight away (zones 1 & 2) with the other two zones estimated to be online before half term. 

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The original drop off zone, which provides a safe, covered space to drop off children will soon be extended to create a longer drop off zone. This will start at the covered area in front of the canteen around to the walled area beyond the main entrance gate. A new drop off zone between gates 1 & 2 will provide a safe option for those with older primary aged children; this will help with the congestion as there is no need for cars using this drop-off to enter the main car-park. This zone, served by the freshly painted zebra crossings, will be manned by security guards/estates staff who will help students make their way safely to the school gate. We will soon be adding two more options for drop off, which should make your morning even smoother. For all drop off zones, we ask families to stick to the 15-second drop off time rule that will be applied in these areas, to help keep traffic flowing.

  • Drop off zone one: the area inside the car park from the front of the canteen round to the main gate

  • Drop off zone two: The space between Gates 1 & 2. This means cars don't need to come onto the car park

  • Drop off zone three (coming soon): steps leading up to the new footpath leading from Sukhumvit 71 (7-11) to Gate 1 provide a safe place for children to make their way to the school. Security guards will be positioned at either end of the walkway.

  • Drop off zone four (coming soon): children can be dropped off in front of the 7-11 where an STA security guard will be positioned. This removes the need to go into Park Avenue completely.

*Drop off zones one and two are open for use now. We will update you when zones 3 & 4 are ready to use.

Traffic Flow

One of the main contributors to congestion in the car park is cars circling around. Having observed the situation closely, we have found that this is mainly cars driven by drivers waiting for their employers to collect their children and return to the vehicle. This creates a block which can result in the flow being completely stopped. To prevent this, from Monday 30th September, we will no longer be allowing cars to circle around the car park. Cars driven by drivers should exit the car park and should move to either Suk 71 (Pridi 24) or Max Valu where they can wait until signalled to return by their employer or until their employer goes to meet them by either walking to Suk 71 or by taking the shuttle bus to Max Valu.

Parking

We have also observed that some people are parking all day- either leaving their car in school while they go about their business or having their drivers wait all day with the vehicle. As of Monday 30th September, cars driven by a driver will no longer be allowed to park in the car park. They should use either Suk 71 or Max Valu.

New Parking Sticker

Everyone who uses the car park, whether for parking or pick up/drop off, needs to get a new parking sticker from the school office. To get one, you first need to add your car registration details on Moodle (up to 3 cars) by clicking on this link:

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If you have a driver, you will also need to add their name and telephone number. When you come to collect your sticker, the office will confirm that you have entered your details correctly before handing over the sticker.

*The old parent parking stickers (blue) will no longer be valid after Friday 27th September. Everyone who uses the car park must have a valid sticker.

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Please note that all day parking is not permitted in the school car park. Parking is limited and we ask you to be respectful of all users.

Upcoming events

  • Community Action Day + Sustainable Market - Monday 7th October

  • Sustainability and Science Week - wb 7th October

  • Compensation Day Holiday Monday 14th October

  • International Karaoke Competition - Thursday 17th October

  • International Day - Friday 18th October